What are the key principles?
In an attempt to further narrow and ultimately close the attainment gap between children identified within specific groups (for example those in receipt of free school meals) and those not in an identified category the Government has allocated specific funding to support learners in specific areas of the curriculum.
Schools are now in receipt of an additional £500 for each Year 7 pupil whose level of attainment is below the expected national average of at least a level 4 in reading and or math’s at the end of Key Stage 2. This additional funding is available to all state funded schools that have Year 7 students on their role. This funding is set to continue until at least 2015.
Schools have a free choice regarding how this funding is spent, it is not ‘ring fenced’ within a school budget and can be directed where a school feels it will make the greatest impact to support those students who need additional support with their literacy and numeracy competency. To that end Ercall Wood Technology College has made the decision to direct the funding to programme’s which focus on these interventions during Year 7.
How is the money used at Ercall Wood Technology College?
This financial year Ercall Wood has received £16 500 in Catch-up funding and this money has been used to solely support the identified learners within the Y7 cohort. We believe a focus on additional intervention programmes to support the targeted students will be most beneficial and to that end we have devised a range of interventions to suit the needs of the individuals. The programmes that have been developed include the following:
Each additional intervention session is in a group of no more than 4 students and their progress is monitored regularly by the member of staff supporting the group.
For those students who came in below Level 3 in Y7 the above intervention programmes are available to support their in-class progress as well. The formation of a specific teaching set within English was also established. This group has high levels of additional teaching support with relatively small student numbers. The group is also taught by two members of staff both trained in Miskin. Specific TA’s have also been deployed to work with the group in other subject areas to provide a more consistent approach to supporting the students.
Impact of the Catch-Up Funding
Year three of the Catch-up funding saw 57% of students, who came to EWTC on Level 3 English, achieve 2 or more levels of progress during Y7. Of those who came with just a Level 3 in English 95% made at least 1 sub level progress with 38% achieving 3 or more during Y7. In Maths 46% of those who joined with a Level 3 in Maths made on average 2 sub levels progress throughout the year, and 26% made 3 sub-levels. Overall 93% made at least 1 sub-level of progress – the 1 student who made less than a sub-levels progress has significant additional needs and is in receipt of an EHCP. This progress is calculated on the ‘expected trajectory’ based on the students’ progress from the initial Autumn data gathering exercise; to their end point in the Summer term.
Where students have made less than expected progress between the Autumn and Summer data gathering in English and Maths even with the additional interventions in Y7, there is additional targeted support that is being directed at supporting them in Y8. These students entered secondary education significantly below expected levels of attainment, some with National Curriculum levels of 1 or below. These students have identified ‘learning difficulties’ under the heading of SEND and ‘National expected levels of progress’ is a measure unlikely to be achieved given their relative start points. For these students highly individualisedprogrammes of support and teaching are in place to track the progress that is achieved. The additional interventions used to target these students are delivered in ‘Personal Development time’ but teachers and identified HLTAs.
Intentions for Academic Year 2016-17
The current cohort of students who joined us on Level 3 in English and/ or Maths totals 22 students. The progress achieved by these students will be monitored throughout the coming year and interventions altered to match required need. Additional TA hours have been required to meet the needs of the before and after school intervention sessions and this has been allocated from within the Catch-up funding.
The interventions rolled out last year are continuing and these are supported by TA and HLTA deployment as well as lead teachers from the Learning Support team.